Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed a delegation from Zhytomyr Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ukraine. The 3 delegates were in Scotland for a business tour and chose Renfrewshire as their first full day in Scotland. Bob Davidson, Renfrewshire Chamber Chief Exec’ spent the full day with the delegation accompanied by multi-lingual member & interpreter for the day, Natallia Hinde – an international business consultant with specialist knowledge of many markets including the Ukraine & Russia.
The morning was spent at Diageo Shieldhall, the world’s largest & fastest Scotch whisky bottling plant. The group were given a presentation by senior member of the site leadership team, Caroline Joss, then a full tour where they saw the world’s no.1 Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, being bottled.
Lunch followed at members Ingliston Country Club inBishopton, the UK’s top equestrian venue, where a chance meet with marketing manager Brian Main led to a full tour of the facility after lunch.
The group then moved on to world renowned members Rolls Royce at Inchinnan for a presentation and tour with Chief of Manufacturing, Andy Ryley and colleague Mick Gallagher.
Finally the group headed back to the Chamber’s HQ at Glasgow Airport for a private meeting with the Chamber Board where followed an exchange of gifts. Paisley pattern shawl and ties for our Ukrainian friends and in return the Chamber received a special award for encouraging international relations and a hand-made vase, crafted by one of their members.
The Chamber would like to thank Diageo, Rolls Royce, Ingliston and Natallia for their support on the day. The delegation was very impressed with the warm welcome received and the fantastic selection of businesses that are based in Renfrewshire. They also seen Renfrewshire at its best as the weather during their visit was excellent.